Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 15
The Amritsar rural police have booked four cops, including an Assistant Sub-Inspector and a woman cop, on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection with the custodial death of a woman. The victim, identified as Reena Devi, was held by the police in a burglary case. The incident occurred on August 12 last.
Among those booked include ASI Avtar Singh, head constable Jugal Kishore and constables Jagbir Singh and Jasbir Kaur. A case under Sections 304 and 34, IPC, was registered against them at the Lopoke police station in this connection.
The case was registered following investigations conducted by an SSP-rank official. Family members of the victim had approached the National Human Rights Commission to demand a judicial probe into the incident.
As per details, Kasturi Lal, a jeweller, filed a burglary complaint against his three employees, Vinod Kumar, Bharat and Manish, all residents of Lucknow. He had opened a jewellery shop in the Chaugwan area in partnership with Sukhwinder Singh, a local resident. In the complaint lodged with the police, he alleged that the three accused decamped with gold and silver ornaments along with Rs 1 lakh cash.
The police arrested Bharat three days after the incident and later, on the statement of Kasturi Lal, the police nominated three more persons including Reena Devi. The other two were Rajanpal alias Raju and Sushil Kumar of Uttar Pradesh.
It later arrested Reena Devi and Sushil Kumar and produced them before the duty magistrate who sent them to five-day police remand. On August 12, when the investigating officer, ASI Avtar Singh, along with Jugal Kishore, Jagbir and Jasbir Kaur were interrogating them, Reena fell on the floor in an unconscious state. She was taken to the local hospital there which referred her to the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital where doctors declared her dead. She died of brain haemorrhage.
Nine months after the incident and investigations conducted by an SSP rank official, the police have now booked the four cops. Sub-Inspector Harinder Singh, the present investigating officer in her death episode said he was yet to get the file and start investigations in the case.
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